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Hockey Day 2018: Wild fan's legacy lives on with Tanner's Team Foundation

Hockey Day Minnesota 2018 taking place in St. Cloud is about more than hockey to Fuls family

by Todd Smith / Special to Wild.com

On Oct. 28th, 2010, the Minnesota Wild hosted its annual Hockey Fights Cancer night, a designated evening during the NHL season that unites the sport's community in support of cancer patients and their families.

Tanner Fuls, 11, was the Minnesota Wild's special guest that evening. Tanner, a vibrant and kind-hearted 11-year-old hockey player from Sauk Rapids had Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a form of pre-leukemia. He had recently undergone chemotherapy treatment.

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Bruins Week Ahead: January 5-12

Stay up to date on all the latest news, notes and numbers

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

THIS WEEK'S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

STAT OF THE WEEK: Since his last regulation loss on November 26, Tuukka Rask has posted an 11-0-1 record with a 1.27 goals against average and .953 save percentage in 13 games played. Rask had previously gone 10 straight games without a regulation loss on four occasions in his career but recorded a new career high of 11 games on December 30 in Ottawa. The last Bruins goaltender to achieve a longer point streak was Chad Johnson, who went 14 games (11-0-3) without a regulation loss from January 16 to April 10, 2014. The longest such streak in both Bruins and NHL history is held by Gerry Cheevers, when he went 32 consecutive games (24-0-8) without a regulation loss in the 1971-1972 season.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "When you have a group that is united the way we are, it normally carries over out on the ice. You see all the best teams, all the teams that win every year, they're so close off the ice and it just translates into your game. That's kind of the way it is in this room right now. It's a lot of fun to see and be a part of and it's just enjoyable to come to the rink every day." -Brad Marchand

TWEET OF THE WEEK (WEEK 17): @BJaffe (Billy Jaffe, NESN): "No @NHLBruins game tonight. Cancelled due to snow storm. Feel free to come over and help shovel."

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Power Rankings: Top 17 Moments of 2017

by Ann Frazier & Casey Krygier / sjsharks.com

Whatever your feelings are about the year, there's no denying it's been an eventful 2017 for the Sharks. From historic milestones to awards to heartwarming events, there are many great memories made and shared by the San Jose Sharks this past year.

As it is the final Friday of 2017 - and therefore the final Power Rankings of 2017 - it's the perfect time for sjsharks.com to look back at the year that was and rank the top 17 moments of the year. 

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Bruins Week Ahead: December 29-January 5

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by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

THIS WEEK'S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

STAT OF THE WEEK: During Boston's five-game winning streak from December 18 to December 27, Bruins rookies scored a total of 17 points, including the game-winning goal in four of the five games. Danton Heinen (3 points on 12/18), Jake DeBrusk (3 points on 12/18) and Matt Grzelcyk (2 points on 12/27) each achieved career highs for points in a single game during this span.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "I think everyone is contributing. We've had some guys go in and out of the lineup. And whoever has been called upon to have more responsibility, has done so. It's been great, it's been a fun ride and we got to keep that going. I think that the young guys are doing a tremendous job to be ready and to do the job and to help us win games. And hopefully, us as older guys, we can help them get more comfortable, feeling better and learn from us. We've got a good mix. It's been fun." -Patrice Bergeron on the team's recent success           

TWEET OF THE WEEK (WEEK 16): @GlobeKPD (Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe): "Bruins have gone 14-3-1 ever since a candlepin bowling biz opened on ground floor of their training facility. I find that striking. #spareme"

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The Best of 2017

Photographer Scott Rovak shares his favorite shots from 2017

by Scott Rovak / St. Louis Blues Photographer

ST. LOUIS - I've been working as a sports photographer for almost 34 years, but very few of those years can compare to the amazing moments 2017 provided for me professionally.

I was fortunate enough to be there every day as the rink for the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic was being constructed. I was there when Brett Hull, Al MacInnis, Keith Tkachuk and Martin Brodeur wore the Blue Note again in the Winter Classic Alumni Game, and I was there on the glass shooting the Blues' victory over the rival Chicago Blackhawks at Busch Stadium in their memorable game on Jan. 2.

I was there on the ice with Blues legend Bob Plager when he teared up during his jersey retirement ceremony in February, and I was able to capture a memory for Ari Dougan's family as she watched a home game from the front row in April.

Of course, another trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs is always special, too.

As we say goodbye to another year and look forward to what 2018 has in store for us, join me as I reflect on some of my favorite photos our crew shot in 2017.

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Hockey Fights Cancer

Olczyk fighting cancer for family, self, 'somebody I may not even know'

NBC, Blackhawks analyst hoping to inspire those in same battle

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Eddie Olczyk snickered when asked how he feels during an off week, one in which he doesn't have a chemotherapy session, compared to a week when he has one. On a scale of 1-10, he's an 8 1/2 during off weeks. In a chemotherapy week, he's a minus-4.

"It is night and day, for sure," Olczyk said. "The further away from treatment the better I feel. I call them 14-day cycles. Usually by Day Eight I feel some sort of comfortable, the so-called new normal in our household."

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Photos: Preds Make Christmas Visit to Children's Hospital

Players Gave Gifts and Spent Time with Patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

With the holiday season in full swing, Preds players P.K. Subban, Kyle Turris, Kevin Fiala, Austin Watson and Juuse Saros gave out gifts and spent time with patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Take a look at some of the best shots full of Christmas cheer.

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Photos: Preds & Pins Raises $25,000 for 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund

Trisha Yearwood, Chris Kirkpatrick Join Preds Players, Other Celebs for Good Cause

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

2017 Preds & Pins

Preds, country stars go bowling to fight cancer

Ryan Johansen and Trisha Yearwood explain why they're so excited to take part in the Predators Foundation's annual Preds & Pins

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Strikes and spares were plentiful as the Nashville Predators and the Preds Foundation hosted their sixth annual Preds & Pins event, presented by UnitedHealthcare, in support of the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund, presented by Twice Daily.

Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Johansen and Yannick Weber stopped by for the main event, as did stars such as Trisha Yearwood, Chris Kirkpatrick and Barry Zito, plus Preds broadcasters and personalities. Scott Hartnell and Matt Irwin were also involved as children from Cottage Cove Urban Ministries and Nashville Inner City Ministries joined in the the early session.

The event raised $25,000 for the 365 Fund and has become one of the most beloved events of the season. Take a look at the best shots from the Hermitage Strike & Spare, the host of Preds & Pins.

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Bruins Week Ahead: December 15-22

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by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

THIS WEEK'S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

STAT OF THE WEEK: With his first goal against the Washington Capitals on December 14, Patrice Bergeron scored his 265th career goal as a Bruin to pass Bobby Orr and move into 8th place all-time in franchise history. Bergeron (266) sits 11 goals behind Wayne Cashman (277) for 7th place all-time. Bergeron sits 78 goals behind Bruins President Cam Neely (344) for the 5th spot all-time.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "It's a [heck] of an honor for Patrice [Bergeron]. Just shows you the longevity and the ability to finish he's had here. Other than that, it's a nice milestone for him. Who is next after that? That's the next thing for Patrice and hopefully he catches him. You know I love my old Bruins, Bobby Orr the most, but good for Pat. The more he scores the more he helps us win." -Bruce Cassidy on Patrice Bergeron passing Bobby Orr on the all-time Bruins goals list.

TWEET OF THE WEEK (WEEK 14): @GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): "Jake DeBrusk responds after Casey Cizikas drops Charlie McAvoy. Somewhere, Louie DeBrusk sheds a tear."

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Blues lift spirits of 18-year-old battling leukemia

Ashley Freihoff was anxiously waiting when the Blues arrived at Cardinal Glennon on Wednesday

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

I fight for myself, Ari, Aunt Angie and Grandma.

That's what the handwritten tag on Ashley Freihoff's Hockey Fights Cancer jersey read as she anxiously awaited a visit from the Blues at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital on Wednesday afternoon.

Ashley, who would be celebrating her 18th birthday on Thursday, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in January and has been in and out of the hospital undergoing chemotherapy treatments for the last 11 months. As luck would have it, she was scheduled for treatment on a day the Blues would be visiting the hospital for the holidays, so she made sure to wear her lavender Hockey Fights Cancer Blues jersey in anticipation of their arrival.

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